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Mr. Hofmann at First Avenue

I am so happy to join the staff at Patrick Henry High School again this year!

I come to Henry with over 20 years of teaching experience in Minneapolis.

I earned my under graduate degree in Music Education from the University of Minneosta, with classical guitar as my principal instrument. I earned a graduated degree from the U of M in Learning Technologies.

My main instrument is guitar, but I also enjoy playing piano, percussion, accordion and bowed instruments. I am songwriter and composer. I perform mostly pop music with a backing band.



Mr. Courtland Pickens
Mr. Courtland Pickens


IB Middle Years Program

Choir Syllabus

Patrick Henry High School

Instructor Contact Information

Peter Hofmann

Room #008

Phone: 668-2000 x 36735 Voice Mail: 668-8603

E-mail address:

Artist-in-Residence: Courtland Pickens

Course Description and Objectives

This course emphasizes singing technique in a choral setting and the art of choral singing. Singers will work to develop their voice as an expressive musical instrument to be used with a choir and to sing alone. All choir members will take turns singing alone in rehearsal. Students will increase their knowledge of choral repertoire and skill in choral singing in a creative and supportive setting. The choir will sing selections from pop, gospel, folk, traditional High School repertoire, as well as original pieces. Students will sing solo, in unison and in harmony. Every day choir members will develop vocal, listening, analyzing and critiquing, and reading skills. The choir will present several concerts throughout the school year on and off campus


All choir members are expected demonstrate the attributes of the IB Learner Profile

As IB learners, we strive to be Inquirers, Open-minded, Knowledgeable, Caring, Thinkers, Risk-takers, Communicators, Balanced, Principled and Reflective.


Grading Policy

Our grading policy is standards based. We use a point-scale of 0-8 with 8 being the highest possible points earned.

Your grade is determined by the following things.

  1. Daily ensemble work is the largest part of your grade.

  2. Participation in performance is part of your grade. This is a summative evaluation.

  3. Skill development is part of your grade. At first formative,later summative.

  4. Singing solo in class. Everyone is required to sing solo in class. No one is required to sing solo in public.

  5. Written self and ensemble reflections and other written assignments are also part of your grade. Formative first, then later on summative.


This means that positive engagement is the most important element of the Choir. You are expected to be positive, about yourself and everyone else. You are expected to support and encourage members that are struggling, whether their struggle is with a skill, a part, performing, or daily participation. Failure to positively engage can result in a zero (0). A behavior referral and/or removal from the class will result in a zero(0) for the assessment period.


Required Supplies

Choir folder and paper which may be kept in the room

Pen or Pencil

Water bottle



Number One! - Contribution to our ensemble.  SING Be here. SING. Participate. Respond. Be KIND.  SING

Sing solo . Sing with others in unison and in harmony

Self and Course Reflections: perceptions of various performances throughout the semester.


Performances : NOTE attendance at all performances is required. Failure to attend a performance will result in a zero(0) and will negatively affect your grade. As an alternative, students that miss a performance are required to complete a written reflection with on a topic as defined by the teacher. Alternatives to this arrangement may be negotiated with the teacher.


Daily Assignments

Warm-ups, SING, in class notes,  SING, assignments, SING, activities, SING, graded discussion, SING,  graded rehearsals, SING, music reading exercises, SING.


Friday Solos

Traditionally, every Friday we reserve our class periods for solo singing.

ALL students are required to sing solo at points during the semester on Fridays. We take volunteers but we will also assign a song and date if necessary. Students earn credit for singing and no credit for not singing.


Community Service

All students are required to contribute to the community in an act of service at least once during the current  school year. The time, place, and kind of service is determined by the student upon approval by your Choir teacher.



Various assignments.

Organization Station

An Organization Station has been set up at the entrance of the Music room. Students are expected to use this station in accordance with the Materials Protocol (see below).

Communication Plan

I will use school email as the primary method of communication. I will also call home when necessary. Contact me through your student email account if you need to communicate with me.

Tutorial Schedule

I will be available for tutorials by appointment. Most days it will be after school.


You are expected to attend class every day. Be here. It’ll be fun.


Be on time. Bring your learning materials. Be ready to engage!


Behavior Expectations = Patriot Pledge

I will respect myself and others

I will do my personal best

I will make good decisions

I will honor myself, my school, my family, and my community

I will pursue the college and career of my choice

In order for our class to function properly and in good health, there are basic behaviors necessary.

Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Fair, Be Honest, Be on time and bring your materials

Sit in your assigned seat and remain seated unless you have permission to move around. Follow instructions, Raise your hand to ask questions or share information

Keep your body to yourself. We will maintain a physically and emotionally safe classroom at all times.


The Music Room has specific protocols that all will need to abide.

Listening Protocol

I will listen quietly, I will listen respectfully, I will listen constructively for learning targets

Performance Protocol

I will respect the efforts of all performers including myself, I will be supportive of all performers

Materials Protocol

I will use all materials in the way instructed, I will treat all materials with respect

I will clean up after myself, I will immediately report any damage that occurs to any materials before, during or after use, I will be responsible for my materials at all times

Food/Drink in classroom

Eating is not permitted in the classroom and students are not allowed to bring food into the room. Clear water is the ONLY beverage allowed in class. Every student has been issued a water bottle. This bottle is your responsibility. This policy also excludes gum, candy, seeds and any other consumable product. Students with food or drink will be required to throw away the product. Behavior intervention staff will assist any student that fails to comply with this rule.

Dress Code

Students are expected to follow the school dress code

Personal Electronic Devices

All personal electronic devices are required to be put away during class time.  


Every day, students are not allowed to use personal devices at any time during the class period.


Every day, all devices and accessories are to be put away for the duration of the class period.


Special permission may be given for students to use personal devices, but this is on a person-by-person, case-by-case basis. Permission once means permission once and does not extend beyond that single instance.


Failure to comply with the rule will result in consequences that include:

*Having your device locked in my cabinet for the duration of the class

*Having your device confiscated by a Behavior Interventionist.

*Requiring a parent or guardian to come to Henry School to retrieve the device.

Please, let us avoid these consequences.